Press release via Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends | January 2015

Queering the Lines: Rebecca Levi Thread & Ink

December 5, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, 208 W. 13th St., Room 210 New York, New York 10011, USA

“My thread-based and pen & ink work is influenced by images in found photography, mid-century magazines, and 1970s porn. In my embroidered portraits, I subvert the norms of the medium with the unexpected, inviting a playful collision between traditional handicrafts and the untraditional themes of queer identity and gender performativity. In my Bear Series, I reinterpret the art of vintage homoerotic physique magazines for contemporary “bear” gay male culture, substituting hirsute and hefty for smooth and svelte. In Wrestling Girls and the Bad Romance Series, I explore the dynamics of female desire and hidden queer histories from vintage pin-up pics and mid-century romance comics. Other pieces in the show play with source material from news reels, statuary, and internet memes.”  – Rebecca Levi

Rebecca Levi

is a New York City born and based artist. She received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. Her embroidery and pen-and-ink work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions including “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), Soho Gallery for Digital Art (New York), Four Eleven Studio (Provincetown), Deluca Gallery (New York pop-up), Galapagos Art Space (Brooklyn), and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects (Toronto). Her embroidered work “Breakfast Boy” is one of the artworks featured in the just released Play Smart trading card series from Visual AIDS. www.rebeccalevi.com